McIlroy gears up for Masters with wet practice round

(Augusta National GA:) Rory McIlroy got his first look in nearly a year at Augusta National on Sunday ahead of next month’s Masters where he is aiming to capture the coveted Grand Slam.

McIlroy joined Augusta member Jimmy Dunne, the President of the similarly ultra-exclusive Seminole Club in Florida, playing the course in bleak and very cold conditions after steady rain delayed their earlier tee time.

Augusta National - 13th Hole The 13th hole at Augusta National

The four-time Major Champion will be attempting for the third time to win the famed Augusta members green jacket and if successful will join just other five players to have won all four majors.

McIlroy was fourth behind Jordan Spieth in 2015 and had to settle for a share of 10th behind Danny Willett a year ago.

And during Sunday’s rain delay McIlroy scooped the world’s golfing media in getting a look at the new two-storey multi million dollar Media Centre that overlooks the Augusta National practice range.

The 2017 Masters commences at Augusta National on 6th April.